It’s a shock that as futuristic as the Explorer’s looks, it was actually originally released in 1958! Unsurprisingly it was quickly taken up by hard rock and metal players looking for something that matched their genres. The Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX Electric Guitar takes the original’s striking design and sound, and pushes it even further with a pair of EMGs.
Distinctive Body Shape
Light and perfectly balanced, the body of the Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX Electric Guitar has been carved from a solid slab of mahogany, which itself brings sharp sustain and subtle tonal nuances. The distinctive shape of the guitar has been left to steal the show here, as there is no pickguard getting in the way of the stark Alpine White finish.
Hand-fitted and glued into the body is a mahogany neck profiled to the SlimTaper D shape, which gives a flat fretting surface whist being easy to handle. The top of this has been covered with a 22 medium-jumbo fret rosewood fingerboard with a 12-inch radius measurement and white dot position inlays.
This leads to the headstock, which is as distinctively shaped as the body of the guitar and is loaded with a set of Grover tuners with small metal buttons. At the other end of the neck, and making up the 24.75” scale length, is a classic combination, known for bringing with them solid tuning and incredible sustain; a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and StopBar tailpiece.
Other hardware features include Epiphone’s heavy-duty output jack and all-metal three-way toggle switch, which along with all the other hardware and pickups are finished in black.
Wired for War
Wired up for war, the Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX Electric Guitar is stacking the odds heavily in its favour with a pair of high output EMG pickups; a EMG-81 in the bridge position and an EMG-85 in the neck.
Together this pairing create a force to be reckoned with; a brain splitting combo that will have you heard not matter what, pushing amps further and further into overdrive. Even separately they aren’t to be taken lightly. The ’85 is loaded with two Alnico magnet-loaded coils bloating the low end and fattening the high end. The EMG-81, however, is made for lead; screaming for high volume overdrive.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model 1984 Explorer EX Model Number 0711106322209 Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile SlimTaper D Fingerboard Material Rosewood Position Inlays Dot Fingerboard Radius 12" Scale Length 24.75" Pickups Active EMG-81 (Bridge)
Active EMG-85 (Neck)
Pickup Config. HH Active/Passive Active Controls Master Volume
Bridge LockTone Tune-o-Matic Tailpiece LockTone Stopbar Hardware Finish Black Tuners Grover with small metal buttons Finish Alpine White (AW)